SESAME NET - Supercomputing Expertise for SmAll and Medium Enterprise Network

SESAME NET is about facilitating the access to and the utilization of High Performance Computing (HPC) services by the industry, especially the SMEs.

To this end, SESAME NET will create a network of existing HPC Competence Centres providing HPC services to facilitate access to know-how related to supercomputing systems anywhere in Europe, and to contribute to the exchange and dissemination of best practices among the countries of Europe that could be applied in industry, mainly from the Small and Medium Enterprises.

This project brings together a mix of Centers and Organizations:

  • established national and regional centers, centers set up specifically to promote access to industry and particularly SMEs for economic development and regeneration purposes, eg through EU Structural Funding centres that have expertise, but little industry engagement
  • centers which aspire to provide, or be a conduit to such services on behalf of local SMEs.

SESAME NET will raise awareness on the benefits of HPC for SMEs, in particular for countries that do not currently have such centers. It will also identify the pool of SMEs and available expertise in the different business areas at European level, and mechanisms to match SME needs and the available expertise. Training will be provided (in synergy with the activities carried out by other organizations providing specific training for SMEs in HPC).

GRNET, having recently created its first national HPC system to support scientific and technical large-scale applications, is an active partner in all project activities that aim both at the utilization of the outcomes by Small and Medium Enterprises operating in Greece, as well as the creation of synergies among the European HPC competence centers.

The project contributes to the implementation of the European HPC strategy, in particular to foster the use of HPC by SMEs. The intention is to ensure the exchange of best practice, and not just between the centres, but also between the SMEs and users, and also with the technical experts. There will be sharing of not just training materials, but also delivery mechanisms, such as podcasts and international workshops, with a view to moving towards internationally recognized certificated qualifications. The aim will also be to “productize” the ‘Getting started’, and early users’ services.